Incident Summary:

08/07/2014: Assailants abducted a Minivan News journalist from his residence in Hulhumale, Male, Maldives. The hostage was killed the following day, on August 8, 2014. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to a local Muslim extremist group.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Minivan News
Specific Description Journalist: Ahmed Rilwan
Nationality of Target Maldives
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Local gangs had threatened the journalist for his stance against religious extremism.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Summary of report on Maldives journalist's abduction," Maldives Independent, September 10, 2019.
"Maldives journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla killed by Al-Qaeda group in 2014, commission finds," CPJ Press Freedom, September 3, 2019.
"Maldivian journalist missing since 2014 killed by former al-Qaeda affiliate," India Today, September 2, 2019.